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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press; Reprint edition (6 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802142400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802142405
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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"Imagine, of all impossible things, a young British Woody Allen with the benefit of a classical education and you have the nameless and exquisitely erudite member of On Love, a first novel by Alain de Botton, who seems to have been born to write."

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Imagine, of all impossible things, a young British Woody Allen with the benefit of a classical education and you have the nameless and exquisitely erudite narrator of On Love, a first novel by Alain de Botton, who seems to have been born to write. The Boston Globe
The book s success has much to do with its beautifully modelled sentences, its wry humor and its unwavering deadpan respect for its reader s intelligence...full of keen observation and flashes of genuine lyricism, acuity and depth. The New Republic
Witty, funny, sophisticated, neatly tied up, and full of wise and illuminating insights. The Spectator
"A total delight" Josephine Hart
The smart and funny On Love is just the strong cup of coffee needed to clear your head after a sticky sweet like On Love is romantic reality. The News & Observer
An intricate decontruction of a love affair done in an intellectual, Seinfeldian style. . . . The commentary hits the nail on the head. Amy Sohn"

Smart and ironic . . . The book s success has much to do with its beautifully modeled sentences, its wry humor, and its unwavering deadpan respect for the reader's intelligence . . . full of keen observation and flashes of genuine lyricism, acuity and depth. Francine Prose, "New Republic"
Imagine, of all impossible things, a young British Woody Allen with the benefit of a classical education and you have the nameless and exquisitely erudite narrator of "On Love," a first novel by Alain de Botton, who seems to have been born to write. Amanda Heller, "Boston Globe"
An intricate deconstruction of a love affair done in an intellectual, Seinfeldian style . . . The commentary hits the nail on the head. Amy Sohn, "The Week"
Witty, funny, sophisticated, neatly tied up, and full of wise and illuminating insights. P. J. Kavanagh, "Spectator"
I doubt if de Botton has written a dull sentence in his life. Jan Morris, "New Statesman"
A dazzlingly original, erudite and witty journey through all the vagaries of romantic love. A total delight. Josephine Hart, author of "Sin and Damage"
The smart and funny "On Love" is just the strong cup of coffee needed to clear your head after a sticky sweet like "The Bridges of Madison County. On Love" is romantic reality. "News & Observer"
A tour de force pleasure of a first novel . . . A dissertation/novel on romantic narcissism that s both intellectually stimulating and emotionally touching. A very promising debut. "Kirkus Reviews""

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De Botton's first book manages simultaneously to be important and entertaining. Through the first-person narrative, de Botton succinctly and insightfully dissects the nature of a romantic relationship. Sophisticated enough in its pontifications not to be trite, On Love is also spiced with enough humor that it does not plunge into a tired and dry treatise on love. In drawing from classical thinkers as well as providing diagrams for the reader, de Botton manages both further to illustrate the points he is making and to satirize the soberness of the sources and mechanisms that he uses to advance and refine his narrator's observations. This book can be a comfort that we are not alone in the psychoses that love breeds. At the same time, the book can help us raise our awareness as to the sources of these psychoses. Equally rewarding to plow through in three hours at the beach or to carefully dissect with a hi-liter over a course of months.
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de Botton's 1993 novel, On Love, is at once engrossing, thought-provoking and ultimately fulfilling. He skillfully blends an appropriate mixture of humor and sentiment into a story that could easily have become maudlin and trite. The questions that he ponders and the insights that he ascertains regarding this ever-elusive subject are extraordinary -- perhaps almost too real at times. Interestingly, a large part of the novel is written in the first-person narrative, with only a few pages devoted to actual dialogue among the players. Still, de Botton keeps his readers intimately involved with the story, while at the same time gracefully teaching many basic concepts of social philosophy. Perhaps the only criticism might lie in the excerpt and brief description on the book's back, which hardly does the story justice. A marvelously written tale which concludes as beautifully as it began, this book is most recommended if not for its refreshing and original take "on love", but for its attempt (a successful one, in this reader's opinion) to grasp this metaphorical goal that all of us hope one day to attain.
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If you've ever wondered, as I did, what it would be like to have a relationship with a man who was intelligent, insightful, well-read, honest, open, emotionally available, even vulnerable, had a wit that made you laugh out loud AND was madly in love with you, adored you and everything about you, check this out. Alain de Botton is brilliant.
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This book is published under different names by different publishers ('Essays in Love' by Picador and 'On Love' by Grove Press) and I fell foul of this by buying through Amazon (and therefore unable to physically see they were identical). Apart from this, I thoroughly recommend Alain de Botton. It's not for those who prefer not to think though, it is thought provoking and makes you work hard. Nevertheless it also can make you smile at the truisims within the pages. Well worth a read but not for the lazy.
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Who needs to know "Why Women Think the Way they Do" or "What Every Woman should know about Men." De Botton has captured so many of what are probably universal feelings and thoughts on love. Painful, yet funny, because so much of it's true!
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By A Customer on 30 Jan. 1999
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Funny, witty, clever. An economist's approach to love. A great book and a good, quck read. If you don't like this book, you've never been in love.
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This is the story of a romance from start to finish. It is a hilarious and thought provoking study of love and how it changes us. As you read you realise he could be talking about your last relationship.
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By A Customer on 5 Nov. 1996
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An extremely witty account of a love story, that basically says everything you'll ever need to know about love. It is written in a highly original style, which avoids the boredom of most novels. An ingenious mixture of analysis and story. Great.
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